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Weird rules for the group ride

Old 06-23-21, 06:58 AM
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Originally Posted by terrymorse
Let's see. A shirtless, helmetless guy on a hybrid shows up as a stranger on a group ride.

A guy who looks like that most likely has sketchy skills. I'm not riding anywhere near him.
And he crashed, which validates the club leaders' decision to exclude him.
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Popped in to check on BF, saw a thread about a shirtless, helmetless dude racing unaware strangers on a hybrid and crashing on a group ride... this forum does not disappoint.
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Originally Posted by Dan333SP
Popped in to check on BF, saw a thread about a shirtless, helmetless dude racing unaware strangers on a hybrid and crashing on a group ride... this forum does not disappoint.
And yet there are people on this thread who are a) taking his story at face value, and b) taking his side. This place is truly magical.
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Originally Posted by ksryder
And yet there are people on this thread who are a) taking his story at face value, and b) taking his side. This place is truly magical.
P.T. Barnum was correct.
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Great thread. You overdid it a bit at the end with all the "race-my-hybrid-trigger-the-cat-6" stuff, but the link to the shirtless crash photo is really good stuff.
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Old 06-23-21, 08:55 AM
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Let’s keep this thread fun. No insults or name calling please
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Originally Posted by LarrySellerz
The hybrid triggers cat 6 in the actually fast people who are out on long structured training rides and might otherwise let me go, most of the riding I do is commuting so I'm going much harder for a much shorter distance than most. If I want to race randoms (pretty much the main reason I ride) the hybrid works way better than a road bike.

Like if I was riding a road bike and ucanttouchthis was on the tail end of his recovery double imperial century ride, he might let me go cause he is tired, but if I passed him on the hybrid he would throw down like 3k watts and try to pass me, the race is on

UCantTouchThiZ would poop you out, not even knowing that he'd eaten you.
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Old 06-23-21, 10:46 AM
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Originally Posted by Dan333SP
Popped in to check on BF, saw a thread about a shirtless, helmetless dude racing unaware strangers on a hybrid and crashing on a group ride... this forum does not disappoint.
Have you seen his DIY, ziptied, copper tubing aero bars? The man is inventive and entertaining.
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Old 06-23-21, 10:51 AM
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Originally Posted by LarrySellerz
Asking me to wear a jersey threw me off, like any jersey not the team jersey lol.
I recommend a football jersey. Heck, maybe even a football helmet too. Would not look out of place with the beard.
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Originally Posted by Koyote
And he crashed, which validates the club leaders' decision to exclude him.
to be fair, wearing a helmet and kit wouldnt have saved me here, I need to watch experienced descenders take lines. My stomping ground was flat Ohio, these long California hills are cool but new to me.
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Originally Posted by Reflector Guy
I recommend a football jersey. Heck, maybe even a football helmet too. Would not look out of place with the beard.
i have an old soccer jersey, Ive thought about write a club name like terun (local random club here) on the back and running with that. Lols
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Originally Posted by LarrySellerz
to be fair, wearing a helmet and kit wouldnt have saved me here, I need to watch experienced descenders take lines. My stomping ground was flat Ohio, these long California hills are cool but new to me.
Don't try and keep up with road bikes on a hybrid. Straight bars don't match up with drop bars and are a hazard and dangerous when they match up. It's no fun waking up with your head held up off the road by your helmet starring at a puddle of blood, been there. Nasty is seeing a bare head unconscious in a puddle of blood and I have seen more of these than I care to. There are groups around here that don't care about platforms pedal or your kit but any of the previous issues is enough to exclude you. Consider getting a road bike if you want to do group rides and they are about as much fun as you can have on a bike except for sex but I have never tried that. There are some old threads on paceline etiquette but the two big things to remember are ride in a straight line and don't cross the wheel of the bike in front of you. You will be judged on your skills as no one wants to ride with someone dangerous.
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So what if you didn't have a jersey or helmet on, and so what if you passed them, got caught, and proceeded to crash...at least you had shorts on. It was very snobbish of them to not let you hang with them. I'd try again. Please keep us informed.
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Originally Posted by LarrySellerz
... Ohio...
'Splains it all doesn't it.

(don't hate on me, I'm from Ohio)
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Originally Posted by Chandne
So what if you didn't have a jersey or helmet on, and so what if you passed them, got caught, and proceeded to crash...at least you had shorts on. It was very snobbish of them to not let you hang with them. I'd try again. Please keep us informed.
Lmao there is no way Iím going back there. Iíll just stick to the race ride.
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Originally Posted by LarrySellerz
If I want to race randoms (pretty much the main reason I ride)


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Originally Posted by fishboat
Personally, I don't ride with people that use the word "kit". Such a BS term. Not impressed with the attitude that often goes with it..and I've been riding the road for 45 years.

I'm a great fan of using a "non-standard" bike to ride with or better than all the "well kitted" boys.
Well said. 'round here we don't use the word 'kit'. "Accoutrement" is the preferred terminology.
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Originally Posted by LarrySellerz
yeah on a flat bar hybrid without foot retention too. Won't show my face again because A) too embarrassed after crashing and B) apparently this is a no drop ride that discourages attacks unless its a hill. Im out here to be the fastest, not to have fun
Learn to live with disappointment.
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I get a chuckle out of dudes "racing" when I'm not racing. Dial it up to 600 & kick my ass so bad I don't even know I'm getting kicked!
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I don't do group rides, since most of them require helmets, regardless of who's organizing it. I certainly don't do "kits".
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Originally Posted by terrymorse
Let's see. A shirtless, helmetless guy on a hybrid shows up as a stranger on a group ride.

A guy who looks like that most likely has sketchy skills. I'm not riding anywhere near him.
Reminds me of a story somewhere of a shirtless dude in jean shorts and timbs dropping people on a mtb
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Originally Posted by LarrySellerz
Lmao there is no way Iím going back there. Iíll just stick to the race ride.
C'mon man, you know tenacity and persistence are a cyclist's best traits. Why let them get the satisfaction of never seeing you show up again? You should start with "hey guys, great ride last time" or something like that and do what you do. Please do this. It will pay off. Just let us know how it all unfolds.
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